Just yesterday, Senate Democrats successfully blocked the GOP rollback on net neutrality rules, thanks to all 49 Dem Senators, and Republican Senators Collins (ME), Kennedy (LA) and Murkowski (AK). While this is a BIG win, it’s just one step. Now we take this fight to the House.
This week’s Tiny Action: Call and email your representative to demand that they use the Congressional Review Act to save net neutrality.
My name is [NAME] and I vote in [ZIP CODE/STATE].
I’m calling to ask Congress(wo)man [NAME] to use the Congressional Review Act to save net neutrality, and to support House Joint Resolution 129 to nullify the "Restoring Internet Freedom" rule submitted by the FCC.
Like 4 in 5 Americans and the majority of the Senate, I know that this rule will do the exact opposite of “restoring internet freedom.” Rolling back net neutrality favors major corporations' interests over the will of the people, and our free speech rights.
If the president were to veto the resolution, I realize it’s unlikely that the current Congress will override this veto. That’s why I’ll be voting this fall for those who are willing to stand up to Trump. I’ll be voting for those who will use their power to push legislation that protects an open internet that works in the interests of the people, and not corporations.
Thank you for your time, and I look forward to your support on this important issue.
[INCLUDE BOTH NAME AND VOTING ADDRESS IF SENDING EMAIL]
What Is Net Neutrality?
Net neutrality prevents internet service providers (such as Comcast or AT&T) from controlling what reaches consumers at what speed. It also:
- Prevents the richest organizations and corporations from controlling the internet.
- Stops wealthy, extreme lobbying groups. from blocking access to accurate information they don’t like.
- Ensures small businesses, low-income individuals and much of rural America have access to more affordable, reasonably fast internet.
Why It Matters
We need the open internet to foster job growth, competition, innovation and to protect our rights. It means activists can turn out thousands of people in the streets at a moment’s notice. And small business owners, startups and entrepreneurs can launch businesses, create markets, advertise, and reach customers. Without net neutrality, the internet would be changed from a free space to one controlled entirely by corporate interests.
In December, the FCC repealed net neutrality rules, despite major opposition from the public, scathing dissent from both Democrats on the FCC, and even activism from internet giants. Immediately afterward, Democratic legislators vowed to fight the repeal. We just got one step closer to winning that fight.
- Senate Votes to Save Net Neutrality, but Hurdles Remain (Wired)
- The Process for Using the Congressional Review Act to Protect Net Neutrality, Explained (Indivisible)
- The Little-Known Congressional Procedure That Could Save Net Neutrality (ACLU)
Watch the Democratic FCC commissioners deliver fiery dissenting statements on net neutrality repeal (The Verge)
Related Tiny Actions
Save Net Neutrality (Nov 2017)
Act on Net Neutrality (July 2017)
As always, our aim is to turn tiny actions into big results, so we hope we can continue to count on your help! Please send suggestions for our next tiny action to info at democratsabroad dot org.